Our cooperation with SOS Children’s Villages has lasted for decades. At first, the support consisted mainly of products and supplies. Fazer has been SOS Children’s Village’s official partner since 2010. In Finland, our financial aid has been allocated to Developing SOS Children’s Village’s family rehabilitation and building children’s villages in Vuores, Vantaa and Niittykumpu, Espoo, as well as Kivistö, Vantaa. In Russia, we support the Pushkin SOS Children’s Village located in the southern St Petersburg area with sixty children who live in ten foster homes. Fazer’s donations cover the annual costs of two of these families.
Cooperation includes financial aid and sharing good moments
“The aim of these partnership programmes is to make a concrete impact, and be an active and responsible part of society,” says Liisa Eerola, Head of Communications responsible for partnership programmes. “We want to create meaningful relationships, encourage people to be creative, and to make choices that are good both for themselves and the world.”
The SOS developer youths (SOS-kehittäjänuoret) is a working group consisting of young people aged 12–20 at SOS Children’s Village. It’s goal is to make the young people’s voices heard, both within the children’s village and more extensively in society. The young people have had the opportunity to bake root vegetables and make meat sauce, biscuits and pancakes at a cooking course organised by Fazer Experience Visitor Centre. The cooking courses are due to continue in the autumn of 2021 if the coronavirus situation allows.
In the summer of 2021, Fazer employees took part in SOS Children’s Village’s “Unelmista totta” (Dreams come true) project by exercising in different ways. The project aims to prevent the inequality and exclusion of children and young people in their leisure time by enabling each child to have one favourite hobby. During the summer, the Fazer employees kept a record of their steps and cycling kilometres, and as a result, Fazer donated 6,000 euros to SOS Children’s Village at the end of the summer.
A shared moment over food brings people together and creates pleasant new memories. The SOSdinner, which was first introduced in 2020, is therefore a natural way to support children’s activities. “You can express feelings of caring and love with food, even when there is no common language. The thought of food as a caring tool is important to us, which is why we want to be part of uniting people over delicious food while doing something meaningful,” says Liisa Eerola. Anyone can organise a SOSdinner charity dinner and invite their friends to help SOS Children’s Village through fundraising.
The emergency chat service, Apuu-chat, was established during the exceptional circumstances of the spring of 2020, because the children were unable to meet grown-ups as they normally would. In Finland, young people under the age of 13 did not have a simple emergency service that took their aptitude and capabilities into consideration. The SOS child protection professionals and trained volunteers help children aged 7–12 on Apuu-chat when they feel unsafe or threatened. The chat is open every day from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. at apuu.fi.